Posted in Beauties and Colors of Life, Expat Diary

A BREAKTHROUGH: Conquering My Fears

I dreaded the idea of being a “YouTuber” for years (Imagine me putting an emphasis on “years). I told myself I could never be one because I don’t like seeing myself on videos and hearing how I sound when I talk makes me feel really embarrassed, for whatever reason.    

Surprisingly, this coronavirus outbreak had somehow “forced” me to come out of my shell. Many of my family and friends from home (and some from other parts of the world) had been asking me about my situation here in China. I’ve responded to their messages, but one day I thought to myself, “If a picture paints a thousand words, then videos can certainly paint a million, maybe more, words.” 

So in the midst of this coronavirus outbreak, I made a breakthrough. I’m officially a YouTuber now, haha! My channel’s name is Zhenzhen’s Adventures

ZZ channel

Actually, I’ve uploaded a video of my original Tagalog song composition 3 years ago but eventually forgot about it. It was only recently that I was reminded of it after a friend asked me if I had a YouTube channel and I responded, “No.” Then after a few minutes, I remembered that I actually have one. It’s just inactive.

But now, it’s no longer inactive! Yay!

For now, the main focus of my channel is to upload videos of how my life here in China looks like so that my family and friends can see that I’m okay and that there’s no need for them to worry about me. If God allows my channel to be used for other purposes, I’m open to any possibilities.

Just today I uploaded a video I titled “MY CORONAVIRUS-STRICKEN WINTER BREAK” which shows how my 2020 winter break looks like in connection to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus thumbnail

If you watch my video, you’ll see that we’re okay here and we’re safe but life isn’t really back to NORMAL yet (though normal can look differently for different people).

Therefore, China still needs your prayers. Please continue to pray that this coronavirus outbreak would come to its end soon, hopefully even sooner than what most people expect.

That’s all for now, friends. Thanks for dropping by (and for checking out my channel whenever you can).

A blessed week to all of you!

Posted in Beauties and Colors of Life, Expat Diary

A Ray of Hope

Here’s some good news!

Based on today’s 2019-nCoV Situation Summary in Henan (the city where I live is in Henan province), 41 patients were cured and discharged from the hospital as of February 4th.


I know that’s a small percentage compared to the number of confirmed cases (764 as of February 4th), but that’s a GOOD NEWS still! That means it’s possible to get cured from this new virus. That means there’s HOPE for those who are still sick!

So let’s continue to pray for the rest of the victims of 2019-nCoV that they, too, would get healed. Please continue to pray that the spreading of the virus would come to its end soon!

Thank you all again for your prayers and concerns! 

To those who messaged me privately asking about my situation, don’t worry about me. I’m safe. Being on campus makes me very much isolated from the rest of the population here in our city. The school does not allow outsiders to enter the school premises without permission to protect us from getting infected by the virus. Just please continue to pray for all the foreign faculty and Chinese staff that are here on campus right now that we will remain safe and protected from the 2019-nCoV. Thank you all!

If you want to get updates on the 2019-nCoV situation here in the province where I live, you can follow this account on WeChat: 河南外事.


I hope you all are having a great week!


Posted in Beauties and Colors of Life, Expat Diary, Photo Challenge

A Temporary Escape

Now that we don’t go outside as much as possible to avoid getting infected by the novel coronavirus, going through some of the photos I took from my winter break travels last year had become a form of temporary escape.

I wish I could be somewhere else and not feeling stuck here scared of what the next days might bring.

However, looking at these photos somehow gives me a sense of hope. They somehow remind me that our days are not going to be sunny, bright, or clear all the time like those days I was in Sanya last January.

Or that life is not always going to be as
 colorful as the cave lights at Guilin’s Seven Star Cave


At times the sky might be dim and gloomy like those of Yangshuo’s and other parts of Guilin when I went there last February.

Yet even the absence of a bright, sunny sky couldn’t hide the beauty of God’s wonderful masterpiece.

Other times we forget that every sunset means a new dawn is going to come – a new dawn that brings new hope, new promises, new potentials and new possibilities!

true that our situation here in China can get scary as we read reports of increasing confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection, but sometimes I do need to remind myself that this is just part of the lows of life. This is just one of those gloomy days when the sun refuses to come out.

When everything gets sorted out and the virus isn’t a threat anymore, then we can enjoy going outside again without having to worry about getting ill.

No matter how many times I say that I’m an introvert and that I can be content just staying inside my room all day, I do look forward to being able to step outside any time I want!


This way past midnight reflective post with square photos is brought to you by Squares of BeckyB of Winchester. Thanks Becky for the #januarylight square photo challenge! I had so much fun!